Disappointed but Not Devastated
My Dear Friends, Supporters, Comrades: I know we are all disappointed to the marrow of our bones and the depths of our hearts by the news that the Bureaucrats, Kafka like, have turned down my request for compassionate release.
Let me say, that we are planning ahead. The letter from the BOP (soon to be posted on the website) is flawed, to put it mildly. Both factually and medically it has major problems. We intend to go to court and raise these in front of my sentencing Judge Koeltl. At the first sentencing he responded to a query by one of the lawyers that he didn’t want me to die in prison — we’ll see if he can now live up to that. He is of course the same Judge who increased my sentence to 10 years — but this is very different and we can only hope that we can prevail. Stay tuned for what we need from you. We will never give up.
In the meantime, once again, I grieve for my children and grandchildren who love me so much and had such great expectations of enjoying life together again in our beloved NYC and not just trying to, in the prison visiting room. My Ralph, too, whose dedication and love are only exceeded by the work he does on my behalf — but he is a born fighter and although he hurts, it all comes more naturally to him.
But for everyone else, I hope that your affront at this crass bureaucratic denial of the request which you by your signatures and letters and phone calls demanded — How far can we let this go? when a 73-year old woman who is dying of cancer (maybe not on their timetable,) her life of good works ignored, be shunted aside … “she does not present circumstances considered extraordinary and compelling … at this time.” We must show them that I cannot be ignored, that YOU cannot be ignored.”
Fight On — All of Us or None of Us. An affront to one is an affront to all.
Lynne Stewart***Action Alert: Rally and March in New York City:
Monday, July 1 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
4:00 pm – Meet at Foley Square (bound by Centre, Layfayette and Worth Streets 2 blocks north of City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan)
to the Federal Court House @ 500 Pearl Street;
then to MCC (Metropolitan Correction Center Jail);
and back to Foley Square for the Rally to “Bring Lynne Stewart Home Now”
CALL: White House – President Barack Obama 1-202-456-1414
Attorney General Eric Holder – 1-202-514-2001
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Director Charles Samuels – 1-202-307-3250
Sign petition at IACenter.org/LynneStewart or at LynneStewart.org
TAKE ACTION NOW!
sign the petition for compassionate release!